Judge upholds majority of Canada's privilege claims in Huawei CFO's U.S. extradition case
By Moira Warburton
(Reuters) - A judge has upheld the majority of Canada's privilege claims on documents filed by lawyers for Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in their extradition case in the U.S., the Canadian Department of Justice said late Thursday.
In August, Meng's lawyers advocated the disclosure of more confidential documents related to her December 2018 arrest in Vancouver, including emails between Canadian and US authorities, to support their claims that their rights have been violated by the authorities.
Attorneys representing David Lametti, Canada's attorney general and attorney general, had handed over some documents requested by Meng's attorneys but refused to release additional documents claiming attorney and trial privilege.
The Canadian Department of Justice said in a statement that British Columbia Supreme Court Deputy Chief Justice Heather Holmes "upheld the majority of Canada's privilege claims."
"Canada respects the decision ... and the legal process that led to that decision," the statement added.
Meng was arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia, on a US arrest warrant. She was charged with bank fraud for misleading HSBC in Huawei's [HWT.UL] dealings in Iran and for causing the bank to break US sanctions.
She has said she is innocent and is fighting extradition while under house arrest in Vancouver.
Huawei's attorneys were also denied access to related documents by a federal court ruling in August in Canada. Government lawyers had argued that releasing the documents would endanger national security, and a federal judge agreed, saying the information requested was not relevant to Meng's arrest.
Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The text of the decision was not immediately available to the B.C. Supreme Court.
Meng is expected to appear in court on Oct. 26 as hearings continue on whether Canadian and US authorities have abused her arrest. The extradition negotiations are expected to last until April 2021.
(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Toronto; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
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